Tolgahan Dilgin
Ph.D. Candidate
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


I am a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Politics in the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My dissertation focuses on electoral violence, using formal theory to generate theoretical claims regarding the mechanisms behind violence, and causal identification strategies to empirically test these claims. I envision that my research will inform the policy world, with the aims of pre-empting election violence, promoting free and fair elections, and strengthening democracies around the globe.

Research Interests
  • Electoral Violence
  • Political Institutions
  • Party Strategies for Elections
  • Authoritarian Politics
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